Violet Femmes

Humans have always had an intense relationship with purple.

Before the turn of the 20th century, the only way to dye fabric purple was to use the mucous of sea snails, which obviously made it incredibly expensive to create, So much so that there were often death penalties for lower class people who dared to wear the shade.


Thankfully it isn’t reserved for the upper echelons anymore, and this season sees it reincarnate itself on hair as the shade de jour. Gucci and Balenciaga’s S/S18 shows were purple-heavy and it’s been filtering down through accessories, home ware, makeup and hair. And of course if it’s a hair trend, it’s on David Gillson’s radar. “Last year, rose gold and copper were the stand out colours, but this year it’s all about ultra violet shades”, explains David, as I sit in his chair; a mound of purple dye on my head.


I sat down with blonde copper locks and thanks to some clever colour-melting with Davines Vibracrom 6.22 from the Cool Reds collection and 10.21 from the Cool Blondes collection, I left with a vibrant violet head of hair.

Vibrachrom is a in-salon cream colour range that delivers not only beautiful, rich colour, but also nourishes the hair and leaves it with the most incredible shine. I’ve experienced pretty much every colour brand on the market, and this is by far the best one I’ve ever tried. It leaves the hair soft and manageable, and doesn’t fade anywhere near as much as other brands.

You can get David to work his magic on your hair most days at Carlton Hair Hyde Park (011) 325 4916, but he also makes regular trips down to Carlton Hair Constantia Village (021) 794 4417. For more hair and fashion trend inspiration, you can follow him on Instagram here.

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